Harper Lee uses the literary element of theme in To Kill a Mockingbird to show that Scout Finch has gained a more adult view of the world. Scout's "coming of age" is hinted at at the end of the book when she agrees that it would be wrong to bring Boo Radley to court for the death of Bob Ewell. Scout says it would be "like shooting a mockingbird," which Atticus taught her was a sin. Boo is reclusive and fragile and would be damaged by the publicity, so Scout goes along with the cover-up. Lee also hints that Scout misjudged Boo as dangerous when she tells her father about a character in a book he reads to her. Stoner's boy was misjudged and chased, but he was "real nice" in... [continues]
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